Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Smoky Macaroni and Cheese

I know fall doesn’t technically start for another couple of weeks, but for me, Labor Day feels like the end of summer. So what if it’s 90 degrees and absolutely stifling outside today? It’s FALL. Bring on the apples, bring on the pumpkins, bring on the brightly-colored leaves. And also? Bring on pots and pots of this macaroni and cheese!

I actually made this version of mac and cheese back in the middle of summer, but it’s definitely the kind of dish that just screams autumn. It’s got this awesome smoky flavor from the fire-roasted tomatoes and smoked cheddar cheese. Smoke makes me think of bonfires, and bonfires make me think of fall. See how that logic works? :)

The only thing that could improve this mac and cheese in any way would be about half a pound of bacon. I know, I know, I always want to put bacon in everything, but just look at the title of this recipe: “Smoky Macaroni and Cheese.” This dish is definitely meant to contain bacon.

Next time I may try mixing up the smoked cheeses I used, too. When I was buying the smoked cheddar for this recipe (usually in the specialty cheese case at the grocery store, and take some time to look for it; it’s most likely there, just hidden), I noticed smoked provolone and smoked gouda, which I think would also be amazing in this. And don’t even get me started on smoked fresh mozzarella. Mmmm, smoky deliciousness!

Okay, now I want a huge bowl of this to eat. While sitting beside a bonfire. On a crisp fall evening.

Smoky Macaroni and Cheese
source: slightly adapted from Betty Crocker

1 pound uncooked elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
8 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups)
1 28-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, well drained
1/4 cup sliced green onions (4 medium)
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons olive oil

1. Cook and drain macaroni as directed on box. Return to saucepan; cover to keep warm.


2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 2-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream, mustard, salt and red pepper to boiling. Reduce heat; stir in Cheddar cheese with wire whisk until smooth.

3. Pour sauce over macaroni. Stir in tomatoes and onions. Pour into baking dish. In small bowl, mix Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Stir in oil. Sprinkle over top of macaroni mixture.

4. Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are bubbly and top is golden brown.

Print

7 comments:

Deborah said...

I don't care what season it is - I want some of this!! And yes - add in the bacon!

Julie said...

This sounds like a hungry tummy pleaser...yum!

newlywed said...

This looks SO good. I love mac and cheese season...all year round :)

Courtney said...

we are big into the smoked gouda right now...make it almost all the time!

this looks like a recipe we would like and I am ALL ABOUT FALL too!

Keri said...

Yummy! Bacon does sound perfect for this!! I can't wait to try it.

sad said...

Es könnte scheinen offensichtlich, aber thomas sabo shop doppelt prüfen, ob alle Türen und Fenster thomas sabo schmuck sind locked.If Sie haben ein Alarmsystem, Beschluss thomas sabo armband des Schutzes Firma bekam und es ihnen zu verstehen, dass du gehst, und thomas sabo glaube liebe hoffnung wenn jemand kümmert sich um Ihre Immobilie informieren das thomas sabo engelsflügel auch. Counsel, dass sie einen Vertreter entsenden, um die von Ihrem Haus fahren alle paar Tage.

Anonymous said...

I think I am more theoretical than practical. pandora bracelets On a personal level, pandora charms I love jewelry. pandora jewellery I have participated in an important local pandora bracelets silver contest called Plata del Peru, pandora charms sponsored by Patronato de la Plata, pandora jewellery as an invited judge. My years with Novica pandora bracelets have broadened my experience still further in many ways. Meanwhile, pandora charms the market has enjoyed great growth, and I now feel myself closer to the market at Novica. pandora jewellery New jewelry materials and concepts are always wandering around the world, pandora bracelets so I keep learning about what's new.